Bray Wyatt was one of the closest individuals to Brodie Lee before the latter's terrible demise. The Eater of Worlds paid tribute to Lee on his memorable night as he returned to the Stamford promotion after more than 400 days away.
Brodie Lee, formerly known as Luke Harper in WWE, was a member of Bray Wyatt's Wyatt Family stable. In 2013, the pair and Erick Rowan made their debut on the main roster. Harper joined All Elite Wrestling in 2019 after being released from his contract. On December 26, 2020, he died from pulmonary complications unrelated to COVID.
Yall can tell me if this is a reach but I thought this tiny detail/tribute to Brodie from Bray Wyatt’s return at #ExtremeRules tonight was pretty freaking cool if that’s what it was. Anyone else catch this? pic.twitter.com/iRJMnx2WOk
— 💔𝐇𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐊💔 (@brienutbutter_) October 9, 2022
When it appeared that Saturday night's Extreme Rules would end without Bray Wyatt, the arena's lights were turned off, and “He's Got The Whole World In His Hands” was played over the arena's loudspeakers. The audience roared when they realized that Wyatt was about to expose himself.
The camera then continued to zoom in on other figures with spotlights centered on them; these were humanized versions of the characters from Wyatt's Firefly Fun House. In addition to it, The Fiend would also be presented. The camera then changed to a door at the Extreme Rules entrance after the spotlighting.
As smoke poured out and light blasted through it, the door burst open, exposing spectators to a bizarre, dazzling blue light before the arena reverted to complete darkness. The WWE Universe observed a familiar lantern emerge from the entryway as the lights dimmed.
When the owner of the lantern exposed themselves, they were a disguised figure observing the admirers. After a few seconds, the figure would remove the mask to reveal Bray Wyatt, thereby formally establishing that he was behind “White Rabbit.” The audience erupted louder than at NFL and NBA games when this occurred. That was how monstrous the crowd's response was.
What a tribute to Mr. Brodie Lee. That mask that Abby The Witch is wearing is what Brodie Lee used when he was Harper as the Bludgeon Brothers. Thanks for that @Windham6 & God Bless & continue to Rest In Power @ThisBrodieLee pic.twitter.com/HKtNOzFbJH
— TrillMexican305 (@TrillGCC305) October 9, 2022
Before extinguishing the candle to conclude Extreme Rules, Wyatt proclaimed, “I'm here.” Some fans noticed that Wyatt paid homage to the late great Brodie Lee, who was known as Luke Harper during his tenure with the Wyatt Family faction.
When the Firefly Fun House characters were revealed, some fans remarked on the scary mask Abby The Witch wore. It turns out that Brodie Lee wore the same mask while he was a member of The Bludgeon Brothers. Also, the bright blue light that emanated from Wyatt's door was reminiscent of Brodie Lee's arrival at AEW.
On December 26, 2020, Brodie Lee would perish tragically. It was determined that Lee died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis once the cause of death was determined.
During his career with WWE, Brodie Lee was a crucial member of the Wyatt Family during its several reinventions between 2012 and 2019. After 2019, he will leave WWE for AEW and debut as the leader of The Dark Order faction under the moniker “The Exalted One.”